2020 Spring Top Red Da Yeh from the East Coast
Cultivar: Da Yeh Oolong
Harvested by hand: June 12th, 2020
Origin: Hualien, Taiwan East Coast
Process: Jassid bitten, fully oxidized and lightly roasted.
The leaves are small and thin. They contain lots of gold/orange tips, which shows that they were harvested at an early stage. The spent leaves are rather small. The brew is dark red/orange with a very good concentration, clarity and transparency.
The dry leaves have faint scents of fruit and roasted bread due to their recent light roast. The brew has very powerful honey and sweet fruit scents that come close to perfume. Their lightness and concentration is remarkable. Such lovely fragrances come from the small size of the leaves, but also by numerous jassid bites on those leaves.
The taste is sweet and has a long aftertaste. It's a little bit tannic and closed when it's over brewed. This is a sign that it's possible to age this tea in order to make it even smoother.
Conclusion: This red Da Yeh is the refined version of the other red Da Yeh I have selected here. It comes from the same farmer, and the major difference in price and quality comes from 2 factors: smaller leaves and more jassid bites. (The same factors are also at play in the quality of Oriental Beauty Oolong.)